Book Review: All the Beloved Ghosts by Alison Macleod

Reading All the Beloved Ghosts by Alison Macleod is like creeping through someone else’s house and peering into rooms that aren’t yours. You glimpse other lives from the belongings left behind or the musty scents stirred up as you open doors. Each of Macleod’s stories is beautifully lifelike, yet ghostly. From the first story, ‘The Thaw’, set in Nova Scotia following ...

Book Review: Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss

Forest Dark is an ambitious novel by Nicole Krauss that grapples with existential and other philosophical issues, and deep considerations of Jewish religious thought and mysticism. The two main characters have no apparent links, other than being Americans with strong Jewish connections who have flown to Israel where most of the action occurs. Their stories unfold in alternating narratives. The third ...

Vanessa Berry on capturing a sense of place in writing

Vanessa Berry writes the mysteries and secrets of Sydney on her popular blog, Mirror Sydney. She has over 10 years of experience teaching writing, and currently teaches in media at Macquarie University and creative writing at the University of Sydney. She recently published her book Mirror Sydney, and also authored Ninety9 and Strawberry Hills Forever. Is writing place more challenging in fiction or non-fiction? Place is one of ...

Book Review: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

The headline says Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend is set to be a worldwide phenomenon, and after reading the book, it isn’t hard to see why. The author takes you deep into the amazing world of Nevermoor – so deep you don’t ever want to leave. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is about Morrigan, whom everyone believes to be cursed because of ...

George Catsi on reading for an audience

George Catsi is an award-winning writer and a performer, comic and academic with an extensive and diverse background overlapping arts, business, health and education. He works with organisations and individuals on improving their ability to present, speak and in many cases just 'be' in their skin in front of an audience. You're a writer, performer, comic and academic - how did you ...

Luke Ryan on writing comedy

Luke Ryan is a Melbourne-based writer, comedian and man about town. His comic memoir A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo is out now. How did you end up publishing a comedic memoir? I'd love to pretend that I was a talent of such undeniable standing that my words simply had to be published. But the truth is I just ...

Pamela Cook on how to write page-turning novels

Pamela Cook is a city girl with a country lifestyle and too many horses. Her rural fiction novels feature feisty women, tangled family relationships and a healthy dose of romance. She has published four novels and has taught writing workshops around Australia. What role does tension play across your novels? Many people think tension is purely for thrillers and suspense novels, but ...

Helen O’Neill on why research matters

Helen O'Neill is an award-winning journalist and author whose books are published in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the UK. You've done in-depth research for many writing projects. What's been one of your most exciting research discoveries? That is such a difficult question to answer - asking for a top 10 would be easier! With almost 30 years of research under ...

Writing On Our Calendar: November

No matter where November takes you, there's bound to be an event nearby! Warm up those fingers and have a scroll of our round up below. 1, 28 November: Vanessa Berry on Mirror Sydney Artist, writer, Centre tutor and place expert Vanessa Berry has just released her new book Mirror Sydney, a guide to an alternative and lesser known Sydney. Join Vanessa ...

What we’re reading: October

Each month the NSW Writers’ Centre staff share what we’ve been reading. On our bookshelves this month are James Best's father-and-son travelogue of Africa, Sam's Best Shot; John Sandford's crime series Prey (on audiobook); Mark Tredinnick's how-to on writing well, The Little Red Writing Book; David Nicholl's acclaimed One Day; and Tom Cho's absurd short stories, Look Who's Morphing.   Jane McCredie, Executive Director James ...

Writing On Our Calendar: October

October is brimming with literary activity. It's not too late to hear some great stories or conversation this month! October 8: OutStanding LGBTIQ Short Story Competition Awards Ceremony The OutStanding Short Story Competition is Australia’s premier literary competition for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community. The entries are in and the winners are about to be announced. The ...

Pamela Hewitt on strengthening your writing

Pamela Hewitt is an IPEd-accredited editor who has been involved in editing and publishing for over 25 years. A qualified teacher and experienced lecturer, Pamela has presented programs for universities, vocational educational colleges, writers' centres, and societies of editors around Australia and internationally. What are a few of the most common flaws in unedited manuscripts? All writers and manuscripts are different but ...

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